The Censor Censored

Alfredo Fernandez

Iroel Sanchez. Foto:

HAVANA TIMES — According to the April news summary on the Rebelion web site, “A Cuban blogger is suffering censorship in his country.” This blogger is Iroel Sanchez, who was allegedly censored by the Havana correspondent for the Associated Press, a US news agency.

When the responses to his five questions were given to him in two sentences, he denounced this as victimization in the April 28 entry in his blog La pupila insomne, where we can compare the differences between his responses and those published by the new agency.

This horrifies me because no one should be censored, at least if their words aren’t inciting violence, stirring the fires of prejudice or denigrating others.

However, I don’t think this is what happened to Iroel Sanchez.

On the other hand, how can one explain his own actions three years ago as the director Cuban Book Institute (ICL) when he censored a book of short stories (Boring Home, by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo). He was the one who prevented the publication of that work.

Sanchez has not only censored writers, but in his blog he often attempts to discredit those who think differently from himself – branding them “annexationists” or “mercenaries” in the best of cases.

I don’t think AP’s Havana correspondent should ever be given the dubious luxury of giving Iroel a taste of his own medicine.

Such a position by the news agency violates the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which guarantees the right to free speech or religious freedom.

The journalists writing for AP in Cuba should respect what Iroel says, as long as — I repeat — he doesn’t harm the dignity of any other person or incite violence. In this way they won’t be stooping to the depths of this “blogger” in the pay of the Cuban government.



Alfredo Fernandez

Alfredo Fernandez: I didn't really leave Cuba, it's impossible to leave somewhere that you've never been. After gravitating for 37 years on that strange island, I managed to touch firm ground, but only to confirm that I hadn't reached anywhere. Perhaps I will never belong anywhere. Now I'm living in Ecuador, but please, don't believe me when I say where I am, better to find me in "the Cuba of my dreams.

9 thoughts on “The Censor Censored

  • May 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    It’s ironic that I should be accused of sounding like something from 50 years ago. In fact it is the US imperialist campaign of regime change against Cuba that is stuck in a time warp 50 years old.

    The supposed competitiveness of the US media corporations is another fatuous irrelevancy. In particular, the media corporation heads don’t have to “sit down” together to plan attacks on Cuba.

    That’s because the US regime has numerous employees who are well paid to plan the anti-Cuban propaganda campaign, at the State Department and at the CIA and at various think tanks (like the ICCAS at the University of Miami) awash in political interference slush funds and at the Radio and TV Martí official anti-Cuban propaganda channel (admittedly the last is a dismal failure and a scam).

    None of this is a secret: the US regime often boasts of its illegal campaign of political interference aimed at regime change in Cuba and funds it openly and amply out of taxes. The US corporate media don’t have to invest in planning their anti-Cuban propaganda, all they have to do is fall in with the latest anti-Cuban campaign tropes and stunts manufactured for them by the US imperial regime.

    Nor does the fact that US corporate media are in competition mean they can’t “work together”. Again it’s pointing out the bleeding obvious to mention that these supposedly mutually hostile competitors factually do associate in the Associated Press, which they jointly own. The Associated Press is the corporate propaganda factory which, along with Reuters, produces the bulk of all the foreign news which is then rebadged and retailed by the newspapers in the US and throughout the English-speaking world.

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